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I was recently chatting with a friend about old girls comics and one strip came up that featured a blind ballerina. Neither of us could remember the title, so I was wondering if anyone here had a clue. The tragedy theme is consistent with Tammy, but it could easily have turned up anywhere in the 70's.

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There's another serial called Blind Ballerina, which was in Jinty.

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...Let's face it, given the typical content of so many British girls' comics this is a scenario that was bound to turn up more than once. I'm only surprised someone didn't think to include a pony! :)

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Given the hilarious level of sadomasochism we recalled from the strip, I'm guessing it was probably Jinty, but I'm sure it would be fascinating to compare the two (or three) different strips.

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I'm sure there was a blind dressage rider too, at one point!

I just had a look through the few Jinty's I have, from 1977/78, but there was nothing about a blind ballerina in them. There was a girl who was cursed to uncontrollably dance to disco music, and also had super-sensitive eyes, though!

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In fact a quick google search finds that we were probably recalling something Alan Moore said on the radio show Chain Reaction about a story written by John Wagner. It doesn't specifically name the comic, and it calls the strip The Blind Ballerina, but Jinty still sounds the most likely.

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Here's an example of Jinty's 'Blind Ballerina' from the issue dated 28th June 1975:



Though the non-stop deluge of humiliations and disasters can be quite hilarious on one level I have to admit that it's almost impossible not to get drawn into the story. The script does read like John Wagner's work, while the art looks a bit like Phil Gascoine to me (though I don't know his style well enough to be very sure).

I guess this sort of strip ought to be quite topical with the Paralympics starting today!

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highly impressive level of skill in a lot of these types of comics: it's such a shame so many of these fine artists went abruptly out of work once the photo-strip came in: looking at the photo-strip phenomenon today, they have mostly dated quite badly and can often be embarassing [check out the examples in the 1980s EAGLE for pretty bad examples of this genre-----] --this hand-drawn stuff, in comparison, is still well worth savouring for it's hand-crafted qualities.

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...And on the second page of that episode things just go from bad to worse for poor old Barbie as we learn that the one thing worse than a blind ballerina is - a blind ballerina sleeping rough and forced to work as a part-time waitress:



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